When we’re generous, our perspective, impact, influence are enlarged. God wants us to be generous as a lifestyle, in every area of our lives (time, praise, sympathy, forgiveness, love, compliments, kindness, attention to needs of people, listening).
SPIRITUAL WELLNESS: GENEROSITY
Message by Todd Lester – April 30, 2017
2 Corinthians 8-9
Proverbs 11:24 (Mes) The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
2 Corinthians 8:12 Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.
A MODEL OF FOUR ATTITUDES
1. GENEROSITY IS ENJOYABLE
2 Corinthians 8:1-2 Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.
2. GENEROSITY IS SUPERNATURAL
2 Corinthians 8:3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will.
3. GENEROSITY IS ENTHUSIASTIC
2 Corinthians 8:3-4 … they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.
2 Corinthians 9:7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
4. GENEROSITY IS A SPIRITUAL HABIT
2 Corinthians 8:5 They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.
2 Corinthians 8:19 He was appointed by the churches to accompany us as we take the offering to Jerusalem—a service that glorifies the Lord and shows our eagerness to help.
FIVE BENEFITS OF GENEROSITY
1. IT INCREASES MY LOVE FOR JESUS
2 Corinthians 8:7-8 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.
Matthew 6:21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
2. IT MAKES ME MORE LIKE JESUS
2 Corinthians 8:9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
3. IT DEEPENS MY FAITH
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 A farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.
4. IT CAUSES OTHERS TO THANK GOD
2 Corinthians 9:11-12 …And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
5. IT HONOURS GOD AS A WITNESS TO THE WORLD
2 Corinthians 9:13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.
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